Counselling is a form of ‘talk therapy’. It is a process where an individual, couple or family meet with a trained professional counsellor to talk about issues and problems that they are facing in their lives.
Counselling is a safe space to hear yourself think out loud about your life, express how you're really feeling and discuss concerns and worries with someone.
Professional counselling is confidential & non-judgmental
A number of benefits are available from counselling. Counsellors can provide support, problem-solving skills, and enhanced coping strategies for issues such as depression, anxiety, relationship troubles, unresolved childhood issues, grief, stress management, body image issues and creative blocks. Many people also find that counsellors can be a tremendous asset to managing personal growth, interpersonal relationships, family concerns, marriage issues, and the hassles of daily life. Counsellors can provide a fresh perspective on a difficult problem or point you in the direction of a solution. The benefits you obtain from counselling depend on how well you use the process and put into practice what you learn. Some of the benefits available from counselling include:
- Attaining a better understanding of yourself, your goals and values
- Developing skills for improving your relationships
- Finding resolution to the issues or concerns that led you to seek counselling
- Learning new ways to cope with stress and anxiety
- Managing anger, grief, depression, and other emotional pressures.
- Improving communications and listening skills
- Changing old behaviour patterns and developing new ones
- Improving your self-esteem and boosting self-confidence
Everyone goes through challenging situations in life, and while you may have successfully navigated through other difficulties you've faced, there's nothing wrong with seeking out extra support when you need it. In fact, counselling is for people who have enough self-awareness to realize they need a helping hand, and that is something to be admired. You are taking responsibility by accepting where you're at in life and making a commitment to change the situation by seeking counselling. Counselling provides long-lasting benefits and support, giving you the tools you need to avoid triggers, re-direct damaging patterns, and overcome whatever challenges you face.
People have many different motivations for coming to counselling. Some may be going through a major life transition (unemployment, divorce, new job, etc.), or are not handling stressful circumstances well. Some people need assistance managing a range of other issues such as low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, addictions or relationship problems. Counselling can help provide some much-needed encouragement and help with skills to get them through these periods. Others may find it useful to learn more about themselves or want to be more effective with their goals in life. In short, people seeking counselling are ready to meet the challenges life presents and ready to make a change.
Because each person has different issues and goals for counselling, it will always be different, depending on the individual. You can expect to discuss the current events happening in your life, your personal history relevant to your issues and report progress (or any new insights gained) from previous sessions. Depending on your specific needs, counselling can be short-term, for a specific issue, or longer-term, to deal with more difficult patterns or your desire for more personal development. Either way, it is most common to schedule regular sessions with your counsellor (usually weekly).
It is important to understand that you will get more results from counselling if you actively participate in the process. The ultimate purpose of counselling is to help you bring what you learn in session back into your life. Beyond the work you do in counselling sessions, your counsellor may suggest some things you can do outside of the sessions to support your process - such as reading a pertinent book, journaling on specific topics, noting behaviours or acting on your goals. People seeking counselling are ready to make positive changes in their lives, are open to new perspectives and take responsibility for their lives.
Confidentiality is one of the most important components between a client and counsellor. Successful counselling requires a high degree of trust with highly sensitive subject matter that is usually not discussed anywhere but the counsellor’s office. Information you provide is absolutely confidential & will not be shared with a third party other than in exceptional circumstances such as safeguarding issues or if required by law. I will review confidentiality with you at the outset of your sessions and answer any questions you may have.
I require a 24 hour notice to cancel all sessions. Please be sure to
contact me if you will not be able to make your scheduled appointment in order
to avoid being charged for the session